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Hidar Tsion in Axum is a very colorful festival of the Orthodox adherents. As the day of Virgin Mary the festival is attended by tens of thousands of people from all over Ethiopia, making it one of the most joyous annual pilgrimages in Axum, the “sacred city of the Ethiopians.”

The Virgin Mary is one of the most venerated of all religious figures in Ethiopia. About  33 major days are annually dedicated to different celebrations in the commemoration of Mary “ Hidar Tsion” is associated with the presence of the Ark of the Covenant in Axum and belief that the Ark itself is a symbolism to her womb.

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